“Be a man. Stand up and answer the questions”

The founder of U.S. Catholic publishing house Ignatius Press has called for Pope Francis to answer Archbishop Viganò’s allegations that he knowingly promoted an American cardinal accused of abusing seminarians and priests.  Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, told CNN that he finds the pontiff’s refusal to … [Read More...]

Los Angeles archdiocese launches donation campaign for immigrant families

In an effort to assist reunited immigrant and refugee families, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with Catholic Charities Los Angeles, is launching an online donation page that will be shared with all the parishes in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara. The proceeds will be used for legal and … [Read More...]

“This is just another one of their games”

Angry and hurt over national reports of clergy abuse that have again rocked the Catholic Church to its core, dozens of residents confronted Bishop Patrick McGrath Saturday to demand transparency as the Diocese of San Jose prepares to launch its own investigation. About 70 people — including alleged … [Read More...]

Dangerously close to heresy

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was … [Read More...]

Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

After the signing Saturday of a provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ recognition of seven illicitly ordained Chinese bishops. The decision was made “with a view to sustaining the proclamation of the Gospel in China,” according to a Sept. … [Read More...]

Did Kamala Harris cover up for San Francisco archdiocese sex abuse?

More than eight years ago in 2010, Kamala Harris, then-San Francisco District Attorney, was running for California Attorney General. And for some reason, her record of covering up sex abuse records belonging to the San Francisco Archdiocese was never part of the political news of her record. Today, … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Our Lady Star of the Sea Address 1513 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337 Phone number (360) 479-3777 Website www.starofthesea.net Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Weekdays, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. and Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. Last … [Read More...]

U.S. bishops announce new abuse-prevention measures, call for McCarrick investigation

The U.S. bishops’ conference has announced new accountability measures in response to recent clerical sex-abuse scandals. The reforms include the establishment of an independent reporting mechanism to receive complaints against bishops, and the development of a Code of Conduct for bishops. A … [Read More...]

In homily, San Jose pastor opens up about being abused by another priest

To be a voice for victims of clerical sexual abuse, Father Brendan McGuire realized he had to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was 18. It was a secret he had held for 35 years. He told the story of his abuse in a homily delivered at five weekend Masses Sept. … [Read More...]

“Basically, the synod fathers will say whatever the pope says they said”

The Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio, which Pope Francis issued Tuesday morning, introduces significant reforms to the consultative body known as the Synod of Bishops. The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in his prepared remarks to reporters … [Read More...]

San Diego: protesters to demand reforms from Bishop McElroy

San Diego Catholics plan to hold a peaceful, prayerful protest Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese pastoral center, 3888 Paducah Drive, to pray for Bishop Robert McElroy and demand reforms. The protest is being organized in the wake of the resignation of … [Read More...]

San Bernardino Diocese will release name of every priest accused of sexual abuse

The San Bernardino Catholic Diocese plans to release the names of every priest who has been credibly accused of sexually abusing children over 40 years. Diocese spokesman John Andrews said Tuesday that the list will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks. The disclosure will be … [Read More...]

Reports: Vatican delegation to travel to China to finalize agreement later this month

A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to China “in late September” for a final round of talks before an agreement on the appointment of bishops is signed. Citing unnamed “sources familiar with the matter,” the Global Times, … [Read More...]

Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego seminarian. The priest, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, is a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a religious community of priests also known as the Eudists. On May 14, Castillo … [Read More...]